What is Orthopedic?
Orthopedic doctor takes care of problems pertaining to human joints, bones & structure of bones. They cater to multiple issues like Spine Injury, Arthritis, Fractures, Sports Injury, Knee Pain, Ankle Pain, Joint Pain etc. Orthopedic consultation online can help patients with opinion on surgery, primary evaluation of pain or injury.
What is Arthritis?
An illness that causes pain and stiffness in the joints with ageing.
Fairly common illness with more than 10 million cases every year in India.
Arthritis affects different joints depending on the type of illness you are affected with. Most common joints affected are knee joint, elbow joint, small joints of the fingers and ankle joint. While rheumatoid arthritis has morning sickness in particular, ankylosing spondylitis has back pain which is on and off. Diagnosis is made by the Orthopedic depending on the severity, type and location of pain and stiffness of your joints and other blood tests like ANA, Rheumatoid factor and your family history.
Medications are usually prescribed to ease the inflammation causing the pain and to alleviate further symptoms. Painkillers form the mainstay of treatment, however your doctor may advise corticosteroids orally or via injections to help if the pain is too much.
Usually patients improve with the correct treatment and symptoms are controlled. Complications are very less, however complete cure is not always achievable and illness may relapse.
What is Fractures?
A fracture is a break or crack in a bone that is not normal, which maybe caused by trauma or due to physiologic stress.
One in every 5 individuals have had a fracture in some part of their body once in the lifetime at least.
A fracture is a very painful sudden event, which can be classified into multiple types. Broadly, the symptoms range from bleeding(internal or external), deformity developing at the site of the injury, pain and localized tenderness over the bone and joints around the affected area.
An X-ray and other tests maybe done to properly diagnose the type and condition of the broken bone. A treatment plan maybe to plaster the bone and keep it immobile so that healing can take place without disturbance to the injury. Other fractures, which may be complicated can require a surgical intervention to repair the bone and may or may not involve inserting an implant (usually metal) to keep the fragments in place.
Usually patients improve with the correct treatment. Complications are very less and repair takes place in a few months. Rarely a repeat surgery is required unless an implant needs to be removed post-healing phase.